1. Myth 1: If I'm an entertaining instructor then my ICES results will be great. ICES seems to measure student enjoyment, not teaching effectiveness.

  2. Myth 2: I know who gets the best ICES scores-those teachers that give all "A"s. If you're an easy grader then your ICES results will be high.

  3. Myth 3: Student ratings are not connected to student learning. You should measure the amount my students have learned, not whether they like me.

  4. Myth 4: My students don't appreciate my teaching now, but in the future they'll realize that I was good. Ask them after they've graduated and you'll get the real scoop on my teaching.

  5. Myth 5: Students don't know what good teaching is, especially good content. Peers, rather than students, are a better source for teaching evaluations.

  6. Myth 6: Student ratings are notoriously unreliable. Most students just can't agree on what is good teaching.

  7. Myth 7: If I assign a lot of work, my ratings will be low. It's clear that high workloads lead to low ICES ratings.

  8. Myth 8: ICES can only hurt me. It is never used to help me.

  9. Myth 9: It is easier to receive high student ratings in elective courses, but I teach highly required courses and thus I receive lower ratings. That's not fair.

  10. Myth 10: Effective instructors receive high ratings.